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Dr. Stavros Malas is a Professor of Mammalian Developmental Neuroscience and Genetics at the University of Nicosia Medical School.Dr. Malas was appointed Minister of Health in Cyprus in 2011 and he then run for the presidency of the Republic of Cyprus in the 2013, and again in the 2018 presidential elections.He holds a PhD in Genetics from University College London. He joined the Medical Research Council of the UK and worked at the Clinical Sciences Centre (part of Imperial College) until 2001. He then moved to the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics and set up an independent research group working on the role of SOXB factors in neural and neuronal specification. He has expertise in generating transgenic animal models, embryo manipulation, stem cell biology, molecular genetics and in vitro genetic recombination techniques. His research focuses on the progression of stem cells to the progenitor state in the brain. His work uncovered new interneuron populations in the spinal cord in mice and provided novel insights as to the role of SOX14 and SOX21 in the developing dorsal midbrain.
Marios Kyriazis qualified as a medical doctor (MD) from the University of Rome, Italy, and after preclinical work in the USA he worked as a clinician in acute medicine in Cyprus, and the UK. He subsequently qualified as a Gerontologist with interest in the biology of aging and became a Chartered Member of the academic organisation ‘Royal Society of Biology’ in the UK. He also has a post-graduate qualification in Geriatric Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians of London.Other appointments include Member of the Board of Trustees at the Mediterranean Graduate School of Applied Social Cognition, affiliate researcher at the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition Group, University of Brussels, Expert assessor, (European Commission), Member Biological Complex Systems Alliance, and a Ronin Research Scholar.Currently, he is the scientific director of the National Gerontology Centre (Cyprus) in association with the Ministry of Health. His research is focused on transdisciplinary models and explores common principles between biology, complexity sciences, evolution, cybernetics, neurosciences, and techno-cultural elements. Areas of interest include robustness and degeneracy in organic systems, fragility and redundancy, repair processes (including self-repair), hormesis and environmental enrichment in aging, and immortalisation of somatic cells. His recent publications include papers on the complexity of aging, technology and society, as well as books on hormesis.
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Gitta Peyn, systems researcher and cyberneticist, co-developer of FORMWELT and WELTFORM, founder of the FORMWELTen Institute for Renewing Systems Research and the Larnaca Conferences.Since 1988 she has been working with her husband on systemic and sustainable models, concepts and tools for communication, social and cognitive design and systemic complexity-conscious education and language. With FORMWELT team, she is in the process of building a global platform that empowers all people to systemic communication and education for understanding oriented global collaboration, superintelligent problem solving and human multiresilience.In 2020 she presented what FORMWELT can do for intersectionality and collective intelligence in times of metacrises at the conference "Strategies for transformative global Leadership" organized by the United Nations and the World Academy of Art and Science.More than 30 years ago, Gitta and her husband Ralf already predicted that mankind will not tackle the coming super- and meta-crises in time.They see this as a fundamental conditioning problem, which has to do with the fact that especially the first world countries have not used their prosperity adequately.Instead of taking care to have citizens capable of emancipating themselves in their systemic sign universes in a way that allows them to address the complex challenges of today and tomorrow in a relaxed manner, the focus has been unhealthily on fostering more and more consumer dependency.Gitta therefore enthusiastically advocates education and functional communication systems, as metacrises affect all subsystems of people and society and therefore challenge them at all levels.
Ilia Stambler, IsraelIlia Stambler, PhD, is actively involved in advocacy for aging and longevity research, serving as the chairman of the Israeli Longevity Alliance and executive committee member of the International Longevity Alliance and the ISOAD (International Society on Aging and Disease), which was granted the Special Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC).Ilia is Director of Research and Development at Shmuel Harofe Geriatric Medical Center in Beer Yaakov, Israel (Affiliated to Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University) and Chief Science Officer of “Vetek” (Seniority) – the Movement for Longevity and Quality of Life (Israel). He received his PhD at the Department of Science, Technology and Society, Bar Ilan University, Israel.His research has focused on the historical and social implications of aging and life extension research. He is also involved in mathematical modeling of aging and aging-related diseases. He is the author of the books A History of Life-extensionism in the Twentieth Century and Longevity Promotion: Multidisciplinary Perspectives.
Barbara Zuber, FacilitationBarbara is the co-founder of the school-of-facilitating, an institute in Berlin that trains the facilitation approach for internal and external facilitators and for leadership roles. She holds the strong belief that facilitation is a philosophy and a set of skills necessary for evolving into our future business development and transformation. Barbara was part of the last year conference as a speaker and volunteers this year in the role of facilitation as this is her expert role.She is looking forward to the conference that brings together interesting people and multilevel perspectives on our today and future issues - always curious what will evolve when time and space is given for dialog.Barbara brings in her experience as facilitator and leadership coach with companies that enhance their current way of operating to become more agile and more future ready.“Give voice to the things we have on our minds, give space for the voices to be heard.”
Mark Damon Harvey, Diversity and Anti-prejudice Expert, SwitzerlandProfile and Interests - Mark Damon Harvey holds a BA in International Economics, an MBA in International Business and a BA in Education.He has worked as a system engineer and an external knowledge management consultant at Swiss Reinsurance and in development cooperation for: SKAT consulting, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Helvetas.Mark Damon Harvey co-founded the international network for women in art, FATart and the FATart (fatart.ch) Art Fair, the first and only art fair of its kind in Europe, now in its fifth year and https://www.männer.ch, a network platform for men’s organizations in Switzerland.He was project manager in integration projects focused on the African Diaspora for the city and the canton of Zurich, a primary school teacher for refugee children, a teacher for youth offenders and adults in a correctional facility, as well as, a counselor in an institution for youth offenders.He now consults on permaculture and diversity issues and has led anti-prejudice and anti-racism workshops for:- Rote Fabrik Cultural Center, Zurich (Consulting/Workshops)- Pro Helvetia (Consulting /Workshops) Swiss Red Cross (Workshops)- FAT (Femme Artist Table – Consulting /Curation/Workshops)- University for Teacher’s Training, Schaffhausen (Workshops)- University for Teacher’s Training, Zürich (http://unterstrass.edu – Consulting/Workshops)- Art in the Public Sphere (Kunst im öffentlichen Raum - KiöR) – Canton of Zurich (Consulting)As an artist, he specializes in:- Music- Land art (earthworks, edible landscapes and permaculture)- Power Objects (Objets forts) and jewellery drawn from African cultures
Patrick Kappeler, SwissPatrick's passion for communication, his commitment to consciousness raising and a more sustainable future led him to actively support this year's conference. As a facilitator, he is deeply committed to creating safe spaces where participants can explore and map new territory together. Patrick works as an organizational consultant and narrative architect on the DNA of companies and facilitates transformation and decision-making processes.„Let's ask questions, the answer to which we never forget.“
Kristin Eissfeldt, Germany“Let's connect and bring out the best and diversest everyone has to offer - this is how superintelligence is emerging, which we need in times of crisis“ – for Kristin already last years` motivation to contribute to the Larnaca Conferences (in 2020 called „We need a change“).With a degree in economics in her background, profound psychological as well as systems theory education and professional experience as an executive search consultant, coach and facilitator, Kristin is part of the FORMWELT team for almost two years now.She is convinced that the future must be made by people with the following facilities: highly developed consciousness, ability to deal with complexity, clear communication skills and conflict competence. That is why she integrates FORMWELT in her conscious business attitude and toolbox.Kristin loves humans from the bottom of her heart and has a memory of an elephant. So organizing, facilitating and following up this globally connecting and transdisciplinary conference project for improvement of mankind is a matter close to her heart.
Claudia Lutschewitz, FacilitationClaudia is a psychologist and works professionally as a mediator and facilitator.Her heart beats and burns for heterogeneous dispute culture.She in joining the conference out of conviction because she believes that something has to move. In her view, the issues raised and carried forward at the conference may and must continue to grow through discussion and exchange. She sees her task at the conference in accompanying sessions as a facilitator, supporting the atmosphere there and giving space.Claudia brings her experience as a dialogue facilitator and future-oriented as well as hopeful and positive human being.Her motto: "Dialogue as horizon” (David Bohm)And what you maybe should know about her …People who know Claudia better say: "Claudia is crazy, reliable, inquisitive and she can be a bit feisty and bullheaded at times."
Sören Krüger, GermanySören Krüger (32) from Wiesbaden has been working as a Scrum Master in the IT industry for 5 years. In his current job at the software service provider AOE, he also supports organizational development. He is passionate about self-study in social systems theory and is always opening up new perspectives for his team and the company. Sören is driven by the firm belief that people are usually not the problem but the context favors / prevents decisions.
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